For Python programmers, is there anything equivalent to Perl's CPAN?


Question

I'm learning Python now because of the Django framework. I have been a Perl programmer for a number of years and I'm so used to Perl's tools. One of the things that I really miss is Perl's CPAN and its tools. Is there anything equivalent in Python? I would like to be able to search, install and maintain Python modules as easy as CPAN. Also, a system that can handle dependencies automatically. I tried to install a module in Python by downloading a zip file from a website, unzipped it, then do:

sudo python setup.py install

but it's looking for another module. Now, lazy as I am, I don't like chasing dependencies and such, is there an easy way?

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6/19/2014 1:55:06 PM

Accepted Answer

sammy, have a look at pip, which will let you do "pip install foo", and will download and install its dependencies (as long as they're on PyPI). There's also EasyInstall, but pip is intended to replace that.

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1/4/2009 12:34:17 AM

It might be useful to note that pip and easy_install both use the Python Package Index (PyPI), sometimes called the "Cheeseshop", to search for packages. Easy_install is currently the most universally supported, as it works with both setuptools and distutils style packaging, completely. See James Bennett's commentary on python packaging for good reasons to use pip, and Ian Bicking's reply for some clarifications on the differences.


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